School districts across the country are changing their plans with the new year, with some deciding to prolong distance education and some to be re-classed.
Schedules of tens are expected to remain fluid, against concerns about student learning impairments and when teachers can be vaccinated, as cases of coronovirus increase in most countries of the country.
The Detroit Public School Community District said last week that K-12 in-person instruction likely would not resume until February, because coronovirus test positivity rates are too high. And Chicago, which has received distance education since last spring, is moving forward with earlier plans to reopen schools this month for some students, despite pushback with teachers.
Many states have prioritized vaccination of teachers to make a return to in-person learning.
“It’s a mixed picture across the country,” said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of Great City Schools, a group representing 75 of the nation’s largest urban-school districts. “People set dates as a goal to help with their planning objectives.”